Election 2013: IT skills policy Election 2013: IT skills policy

With Australian IT workers feeling threatened by skilled migrants, the major discussion point relating to skills and jobs in the lead up to the election has been 457 Visas.

In June the government passed a bill amending the Migration Act, forcing companies to place advertisements for jobs to prove they have looked to fill them locally first. It also gives Fair Work inspectors powers to investigate potential breaches.

The Greens want employers to provide evidence of the now required advertisements seeking local workers, as well as the results of the advertising. The Coalition has supported Labor’s laws addressing 457 visa abuse, but also suggested it would allow more 457 visas as a mainstay of its immigration program.

Labor:

  • Has committed $28 million to promote “high-tech jobs” in the transport, financial services and digital sectors.
  • Coalition:

  • Says it will evaluate government-funded programs seeking to develop digital skills or awareness against the stated objectives of these programs and focus expenditure on programs/providers generating identifiable economic or social returns.
  • Tech skills shortage the worst in federal govt

    Tech skills shortage the worst in federal govt

    Canberra's IT staff feel undervalued.
    Dec 3 2013 11:31AM
    Coalition promises to reform tech in schools

    Coalition promises to reform tech in schools

    Pledges $10m online language trial.
    Aug 29 2013 1:46PM
    Post-election jump in ICT jobs predicted

    Post-election jump in ICT jobs predicted

    But will it be sustained?
    Aug 6 2013 12:01AM
    Govt's 457 visa crackdown becomes law

    Govt's 457 visa crackdown becomes law

    Bill passes Upper House in dying minutes.
    Jun 28 2013 3:19PM
    457 visa bill passed by House of Reps

    457 visa bill passed by House of Reps

    Katter pushes cap and online register.
    Jun 27 2013 1:04PM
    Aussie IT workers threatened by skilled migrants: survey

    Aussie IT workers threatened by skilled migrants: survey

    Perceptions harming IT sector.
    Jun 19 2013 1:23PM
    AIIA sets out election platform

    AIIA sets out election platform

    Warns Govt of risks of not acting.
    May 3 2013 11:03AM
    Govt commits to steady short-term IT staffing

    Govt commits to steady short-term IT staffing

    Coalition promises audit of government expenditure.
    Apr 12 2013 9:52AM
    Aussie IT job market steady in 2013

    Aussie IT job market steady in 2013

    Tech workers slightly better off.
    Apr 2 2013 7:06AM
    Carr criticises communication of 457 visa crackdown

    Carr criticises communication of 457 visa crackdown

    Says Chris Bowen was forced to act.
    Mar 22 2013 4:31PM
    DIAC lacks teeth for 457 probe

    DIAC lacks teeth for 457 probe

    Rorts 'not unlawful', but new powers incoming.
    Mar 20 2013 2:00PM
    Why we use 457s in Australian IT projects

    Why we use 457s in Australian IT projects

    Opinion: Skills gap? No, it comes down to the dollar.
    Mar 20 2013 7:38AM
    Analysis: 457 'rort' or irreversible brain drain?

    Analysis: 457 'rort' or irreversible brain drain?

    Do we really want to lose more skilled IT workers?
    Mar 15 2013 7:48AM
    The hypocrisy of Gillard's 457 crusade

    The hypocrisy of Gillard's 457 crusade

    Opinion: A product of her own policies?
    Mar 14 2013 2:14PM
    PM accuses IT firms of abusing foreign worker program

    PM accuses IT firms of abusing foreign worker program

    Local tech companies targeted by Gillard.
    Mar 14 2013 10:27AM

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